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Why would a rice seem “non-absorbent”?

I wanted to make a mushroom risotto with some very nice mushrooms I had acquired. I have made risotto countless times, using traditional methods and "cheater" methods. I didn't expect to have ...
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3answers
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Risotto question - what does “translucent rice” look like?

Recently I've tried my hand at cooking risotto. The results are always delicious, but one step in the process has me stumped - the instruction to cook the rice until translucent. I've tried cooking ...
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1answer
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French Red Rice (Camargue) versus Italian Red Rice (Rosso Selvaggio)?

Could anyone here who has had both Camargue and Rosso Selvaggio rices tell me about how they compare? I'm not sure if they're basically the same thing or not. Thanks.
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What is the difference between risotto rice and paella rice?

My local supermarket stocks arborio and carnaroli rices for making risotto, and also stocks "paella rice". I have, in the past, used them interchangeably in both risottos and paellas. Wikipedia ...
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3answers
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When making risotto, why fry the rice?

When making risotto one of the first steps is to saute the rice in some oil for a few minutes (or until the rice is translucent). What is happening when the rice is fried? What effect does this ...
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3answers
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Firm risotto using generic rice. Is it possible?

How can I make a firm risotto, without using the appropriate rice? I'm italian, and I've been cooking delicious risotto for years. But in the place where I'm living right now there is only one kind ...
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3answers
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How can I make my risotto less firm?

I've prepared risotto from scratch a handful of times in the last few months. While I've been happy with the flavor, the texture left a little something to be desired. In specific, it tasted like ...
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4answers
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Arborio and Risotto

I ran out of regular rice the other day, and subbed in some arborio (the traditional risotto rice). I figured it would serve well enough, since it's a tough variety, and I planned on a multi-stage ...
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How should I prepare Risotto

I've been watching a lot of Hells Kitchen, and one of the signature dishes that Chef Ramsay has the chefs prepare is Risotto. This seems like a simple enough dish but often times the seasoned chefs ...